UKAEA Year in Industry 2023 Engineering – RACE

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for?  


We have an excellent opportunity for motivated and enthusiastic university students to join our 2023 Year in Industry Programme. We offer excellent opportunities for motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate students to join our 2023 Year in Industry scheme. Our scheme gives you a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of one of the most advanced sources of sustainable and clean energy. During your year long placement with us, you will experience a  broad range of diverse tasks, work on real projects, and gain invaluable experience within the fusion energy sector. 



Working within our RACE  department you could be involved in a range of projects, including:

Electrical Engineering

  • Supporting the ESS project with electrical design, installation, and commissioning works. 
  • Supporting the RHSME/RH Core project with electrical design, installation, and commissioning works. 
  • Supporting the ITER IRTF and/or RHSME projects with electrical design, installation, and commissioning works.

Mechanical Engineering

  • Vertical Maintenance Concepting  – Development of remoting handling systems and lifting interfaces for STEP tokamak components. 
  • Service Joining – Development of service joining technologies and RM equipment for STEP 
  • DEMO Work Package Remote Maintenance- Concept Development of Multi-Purpose Remote Maintenance Equipment
  • DEMO – Technology R&D – Logistics-Developing code for planning remote maintenance operations on conceptual fusion plant designs
  • DEMO WPRM – In-Vessel Maintenance strand – Engineering substantiation of cutting-edge remote maintenance equipment concepts   
  • JET Decommissioning and Repurposing – In-vessel Decommissioning


  • RAICo – CMS. UAV for nuclear site inspection. 
  •  RH-Core. Camera-based localisation for end effectors – to develop an accurate controlled localisation system for end effectors using fixed cameras located. Could be one or more cameras
  • IVD-JET Decom
    JET-Decom IVD laser cutting control concept design and development
  • DEMO Control System strand – APCS,
    Supporting the Control System design and integration of a reduced scale High Precision Robotic Systems prototype for DEMO Remote Maintenance
£9.86+ per hour
RACE Operations
Type of Employment

Additional Information

What is the recruitment process? 

All applications will be initially reviewed by our hiring teams and then passed on to Project leads. If shortlisted, you will be contacted by a member of the recruiting team to arrange a short telephone interview. 

What we offer  

  • A competitive salary   

  • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors  

  • Dedicated Early Careers events and group networking opportunities   

  • Being part of the Early Careers community at UKAEA  

  • Support with homeworking resources as required 


We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Our 2023 Year in Industry opportunities will be open until Tuesday 31st of January 2023, however, please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received, so please apply early to avoid disappointment. 

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions

current opportunities

Browse some of our current job vacancies below.

What can I expect from the application process at UKAEA?

Once you have submitted a formal application via our website, all CVs will be reviewed shortly after the closing date of the advert.

  • Submit online application

  • Phone interview

  • Face-to-face or virtual interview

  • Other assessments

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

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